Monthly Archives: February 2013

Marriage Is – Being On The Same Team Fighting A Common Enemy

Dr. Al Mohler continues in his excellent article by summarizing thus: How does marriage glorify God? Tertullian, one of the early church fathers, offers wisdom: “How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in home, one … Continue reading

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What Does It Look Like To Glorify God In Your Marriage?

Dr. Albert Mohler is one of our favorite writers, pastors, teachers, and also serves as the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He wrote an article titled Marriage and the Glory of God that so wonderfully describes what this … Continue reading

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The Bachelor…Husband?

Today we’re thrilled to step aside as our son, Jason, shares what’s on his heart concerning marriage. We think you’ll enjoy his writing style as he is quite funny. There is no greater joy than realizing your children have caught … Continue reading

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Embracing the Moment

When a couple stands at the altar to exchange wedding vows, both promise many things to each other. Some share traditional vows and others write in their own words from the heart. Their focus is on the future and all … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 2 – Coffee Shop

Welcome to week two of our Get Your Romance On Challenge. We have several signed up for the entire 14 week date night challenge. However, we invite you to try one or more even if you’re not up to doing all … Continue reading

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4 Myths Of At-Home Themed Date Nights – Part 4

Myth #4 – I’m not creative! Oh how many times we’ve heard this one. The best part of planning a themed date is it makes it easier for those who are not so creative. Having the parameters of a theme … Continue reading

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4 Myths Of At-Home Themed Date Nights – Part 3

First of all we want to share that The Romantic Vineyard was voted a Top 12 Marriage Blog for 2012 on a Twitter contest sponsored by Square 1 Ministries. We don’t take such honors lightly, but recognize God is at work … Continue reading

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4 Myths of At-Home Themed Date Nights – Part 2

Myth #2 – Themed at-home dates are expensive. This couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money to pull off a great themed date night. Especially if you plan your date around one … Continue reading

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4 Myths Of At-Home Themed Date Nights – Part 1

With the GYRO Challenge in full swing, we had an interesting conversation with our grown kids about planning themed date nights at home. Both of our married daughters said their husbands would roll their eyes at the thought of such … Continue reading

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GYRO Week 1 – Game Night

Welcome to week one of our Get Your Romance On Challenge. We have several signed up for the entire 14 week date night challenge. However, we invite you to try one or more even if you’re not up to doing … Continue reading

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Civic Duty or Delight?

I have always been fascinated with our judicial system…always wanted to be chosen for jury duty (happened only 2 times in 35 years!)…always wanted to be selected to serve on a case…but not today! Why? 1. It’s Valentine’s Day 2. … Continue reading

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Happy ValenTom’s Day

You read that right, and no we’re not a day early. Our daughter and three adorable grandchildren are coming for a visit on V-Day, so we’re celebrating “ValenTom’s Day” today…all day. That’s all we’re saying for now. 🙂 And it’s … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day – Hype or Help?

I can’t count the number of couples I talk to who choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They say it’s just another day where Hallmark, florists and chocolate companies are trying to get us to give them what’s in our … Continue reading

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I’ve Grown Accustomed

It’s National Marriage Week, and what a great time to talk about the benefits of long-lasting love. This past week we heard the following song from My Fair Lady, sung by Diana Krall. The title is, I’ve Grown Accustomed To … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

We can’t remember the last time we featured our favorite blogs on our normal Happy Hour posts. The reason? We haven’t been able to read other blogs with all the personal things going on in our life. But things are … Continue reading

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Longest Married Couple In U.S.

We recently read this article by Lauren Sher from the ABC News blog and thought we had to share it with you for encouragement and to celebrate this dear couple’s commitment to each other and their marriage. A Connecticut couple who … Continue reading

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GYRO Prep – One Week To Go!

And no, this isn’t a recipe for this classic Greek dish. It’s an acronym for our 14-week challenge called, Get Your Romance On. We’ve heard from many who are planning to bless their spouse this Valentine’s Day by giving them … Continue reading

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Don’t Skip This One Thing

I remember hearing as a young adult when considering my future husband to pay attention to how he treated his mother. This was said to be a great indicator of his real character. Through the years I’ve come to see … Continue reading

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10 Things My Mom’s Death Taught Me

My Mom’s estate sale was this past weekend. It was another layer of letting go, and it wasn’t easy–not that I thought it would be. Things are not special. They wear out, rust, decay and break. But the memory of … Continue reading

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Pray In This Way

Have you ever been in a season of your marriage when you honestly don’t know how to pray? It usually happens when you realize what you want to happen may not be the best, but you don’t know an alternative … Continue reading

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